By Alison Pear and  Louis R. Dienes

“A great deal has been written about the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions, ranging from structure to strategy. Annotated forms of merger and acquisition agreements, including stock purchase
agreements, asset purchase agreements, and merger agreements, as well as ancillary agreements, are
widely available in legal literature. Surprisingly, one of the first agreements that the principals in a business transaction execute—one that materially affects their respective rights—has been neglected: investment banking engagement letters….”

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